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Eros & Psyche
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Wedding of Eros & Psyche
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EROS & PSYCHE PART TWO
Psyche fled into the night in search of her husband, she
traveled far and wide in search for him. Meanwhile her husband
had gone to Venus’ chamber to have his wound cared for, but as
soon as she heard the story she left her him in his pain as she
became even more overcome with jealousy.
She vowed to show Psyche what it felt like to bring down the
wrath of a goddess. Psyche’s search was to no avail, she had not
found her husband so she went to Venus herself. Venus would
grant her her wish if she completed the task of separating a
great quantity of the smallest seeds by night fall.
As she sat there alone she realized that this was an impossible
task to complete. No one had heard Psyche’s prayers for they did
not want to become an enemy of Venus. But the the tiniest of
creatures felt sympathy for her. The ants began to sort the
seeds for Psyche. All the seeds lay in ordered neat piles.
This is what Venus saw when she came. "Your work is by no means
done" said Venus. She gave Psyche a piece of crust and bade her
sleep on the ground as she left to her soft fragrant couch. The
next morning, she devised another task for Psyche, this time a
There were sheep down near the riverbank with golden fleece. She
was to fetch some fleece and bring it back to Venus. As she
reached the river, she had the urge to hurl herself into it
ending all her pains, but a voice bade her not to. The voice
instructed her to wait till the sheep came out of the bushes
toward the evening for the sheep were indeed very fierce.
She did as she was told and once the sheep left she gathered the
fleece from the sharp briars and she carried it back to her
Venus received it with an evil smile. Venus knew that Psyche
could not have accomplished this alone and said that she must
prove herself by obtaining a flask filled with water from the
As she approached the waterfall, she realized that only a winged
creature could reach it. This time her savior was an eagle, who
poised with great wings beside her, seized the flask from her
with his beak and brought it back to her full of the black
But Venus kept on. She sent Psyche with a box which she was to
carry to the underworld and ask Persephone to fill with some of
her beauty. Psyche found her guide in a tower on her path. It
gave her careful directions on how to get to Persephone's
All had happened as the her guide had told her and Persephone
was willing to do Venus a favor, and Psyche, greatly encouraged,
bore back the box.
The last trial was brought upon herself out of curiosity. She
wished to see the beauty-charm in the box and perhaps use some
herself for she must look beautiful if she was to see the God of
Love again. She opened the box but nothing was to be found
inside suddenly a deadly languor took possession of her as she
fell into a heavy sleep.
At this point, Cupid stepped forward, Cupid was healed from his
wound and had fled the palace by flying through the windows for
Venus had locked him in his chamber.
Cupid picked Psyche up and wiped the sleep from her eyes and
placed it into the box. Cupid told her to take the box to his
mother and all would be fine.
To make sure Cupid flew up to Mount Olympus and spoke with
Jupiter himself. Although Cupid had done Jupiter harm previously
by making him turn into a bull and a swan, he agreed to help
Jupiter summoned all the gods, including Venus, and announced
the marriage of Cupid and Psyche. Mercury brought Psyche to the
palace of the gods, and Jupiter himself gave her the ambrosia to
make her immortal.
Venus was in turn satisfied for with Psyche up in Heaven, she
would not command attention from the men on earth.
So all came to a most happy end. Love and Soul (for that is what
Psyche means) had sought and, after sore trials, found each
other; that union could never be broken.
By Edith Hamilton